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Various – Stimulantia (1967)


8 episodes, ranging from experimental to documentary to conventional narrative cinema, made by the most prominent Swedish film directors of the time to answer the question of what stimulates them most.

It’s basically a project by Svensk filmindustri where different directors answer the question: “What are your stimuli?” (or something along those lines). E.g. Bergman says that nothing is more stimulating to him than his son’s face, while Jörn Donner more jokingly replies that it’s mainly money, “of course,” but also the idea of making a porno that’s different from the norms of the genre. Hans Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson (a.k.a. Hasse och Tage) seem to state that what really stimulates them is the opportunity to show off that they’ve read Balzac, while making fun of the entire idea; Molander is way more serious about the whole idea (“man tackar ju inte gärna nej till ett gott erbjudande”) while also promising that this will be his last film – a promise he seems to have kept, except for a few writing credits for tv.

The longest and most substantial of the episodes is directed by Molander and based on the classic Maupassant story The Necklace, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gunnar Björnstrand.



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